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Poll Time

I don’t have polling software, so please respond in comments. Here’s the question: do I work at a pharmaceuticals advertising co. this summer, or a summer camp?

Pros of pharma co.: Opportunities to learn more about this fascinating (‘hem.) field which will probably feed into and inspire work I do in the fall, officemates I know I can tolerate for three months, supervisors who think I am a genius, more chances to pad my resume as a copy editor, lots of free brainspace for dreaming up writing projects.

Pros of summer camp: Fun work, pretty neighborhood, ostensibly reasonable management, not sitting at a desk all day, get to feel like an important member of a loving community, will feed into and possibly inspire work I do in the fall, will build on prior experience in teamwork especially.

Cons of pharma co: EVIL. May stain the soul or eventually corrode my mood about working there.

Cons of summer camp: The commute is an absolute bitch (Washington Heights from Sunnyside?! An hour and twenty minutes!) and I would be required to be “on” for eight hours a day with a bunch of kids, as the most senior member of a classroom team. Plus my resume already has more than enough of this kind of work on it, and I don’t want to be typecast.

Salaries are pretty much equivalent, and this is only for three months. Please respond by right away, the pharma co. wants me deciding Wednesday.


  1. gus wrote:

    Glyph has already weighed in via AIM! He says: “I hate children: pharmaceuticals kill them, summer camps make them happy. The choice is easy.” What do YOU think?

    Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at 1:13 am | Permalink
  2. Lysander wrote:

    I say take the Wet Hot New York Summer route. I’ve whored out my writing skills to two lobbies in my career (the pharmaceutical industry and the restaurant industry) and what I learned from it is, I’m a decent person — because I still feel soiled and guilty. Unless you’re soulless (and you’re not) you’ll have a hard time reconciling yourself to it, even after the fact. Now, if it was a means to a career end, I’d say hold your nose and do it anyway, but since it seems negligible, do the camp gig.

    Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at 1:16 am | Permalink
  3. itamar wrote:

    Summer camp. A long commute is reading time, with people-watching as an alternative pastime.

    Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at 11:51 am | Permalink

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